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that the united states had nothing to do with the youtube video that seems to have sparked the violent protests. >> this video is disgusting and reprehensible. it appears to have a deeply cynical purpose, to denigrate a great religion and to provoke rage. but as i said yesterday, there is no justification, none at all, for responding to this video with violence. we condemn the violence that has resulted in the strongest terms. >> egypt is where the latest violence against the u.s. started. egypt may be where the u.s. faces its biggest challenges. you've got angry crowds protesting for a third day over a film that insults islam. now, demonstrates threw mocks and molotov cocktails, pushed through the barbed wire fencing outside the embassy in cairo. police responded by firing tear gas. ian lee is join ugs from the egyptian capital. ian, this is three days with these kind of demonstrations. first of all, do we expect that on friday, a day of prayer, it's going to be much, much bigger and more violent? >> reporter: well, it's definitely going to be a lot bigger. the muslim brotherhood is calling fo
. >> the cruel irony here is that the united states is well-regarded in libya. and there's a moderate government in place. and this is clearly the actions of an isolated and very small but very vicious terrorist group. and so we've got to protect ourselves from those groups. and we've got to go after them. >> reporter: and, wolf, as i said, we're expecting momentarily a briefing background here at the state department. there are a lot of details. everyone that we talk to says that it was a very, very complex almost chaotic situation. fighting on the outside. fire on the inside. and so we expect to have more details as we go along. >> and so far we've only been told the names of chris stephens and sean smith. the other two they have not released their names yet, is that right? >> yes. they were security officials. >> not u.s. marines though? >> reporter: no. we understand were not marines. they were security personnel. >> let us know what happens at this background briefing you're about to get. and you'll update our viewers. standby for that. jill dougherty. let's go to nic robertson now in londo
there simply as a diversion. four americans died including the united states ambassador to libya chris stevens. our foreign affairs correspondent, jill dougherty, has been working her sources to get a better idea on exactly what happened. our senior international correspondent nic robertson is monitoring the search for who's responsible. and our pentagon correspondent chris lawrence is keeping tabs on the u.s. military's response to what's going on as well. let's go to jill first. she's watching what's going on. jill, what's the latest over at the state department beyond the heartbreak of a top u.s. diplomat, three others killed? >> right, wolf. just in a few minutes we're expecting an update, a briefing on background by senior officials here at the state department. but for now this is what we know based on the conversations and what we are hearing from u.s. officials. tuesday night at the u.s. consulate in benghazi, a complex and highly dangerous situation. outside an anti-american protest. then a group of heavily armed militants, approximately two dozen of them, launched an attack firing ro
, the united states of america will never retreat from the world. >> four people have been arrested in libya what were on the scene of the attack, but the government says they are not linked to the murders. that investigation continues and we have a live report on that now. arwa damon is with me from benghazi tonight and i know you had a chance to go to the consulate there. what did you see? >> reporter: it was really quite chilling, horrifying to be walking through some of the buildings there just imagining what had transpired, taken place. they were all burnt. there was black soot covering the walls. ashes over some of the furniture, the chandeliers. there was debris all over the floor. looters also had moved in after the attack took place pillaging this compound that even after the assault was not really secured but one would have anticipated it to be so given how much evidence was on sight. in fact kitchen, there were bits of made to eat meals, various other cakes sort of strewn about. pieces of paper, one reading across it, libya is so important. while we were there, we also saw libya's
of violence will shake the resolve of the united states of america. >> good morning. it is thursday, september 13th. welcome to "morning joe." with us on set, national affairs editor for "new york" magazine, john heilman, richard haass. and in washington, nbc chief foreign affairs correspondent and host of "andrea mitchell reports," andrea mitchell. >> we have so much to talk about this morning. of course breaking news overnight. >> yeah. >> we, of course, have been focused on libya. yesterday we were focused on the political scrap that was taking place while we had chaotic situations across the globe. >> i'd say it was more than a scrap. >> i think it was a terrible moment, maybe a defining moment in the campaign, of course what's going on in egypt right now. is equally troubling. and i suspect that when the streets clear, perhaps the most troubling aftereffect of this will be what has not been said by the muslim brotherhood or the leaders of egypt. this morning we'll have to get to that later because this morning more breaking news. now out of yemen. >> yep. witnesses say hundreds of demonst
, a celebrity of the united states instead of the president. >> the president's decision not to meet with the prime minister of israel when the prime minister is here for the united nations session i think is a mistake, and it sends a message throughout the middle east that somehow we distanced ourselves from our friends. i think the exact opposite approach is what's necessary. >> what do you make of the republican view that the president has no time for prime minister netanyahu but time for "the view"? >> prime minister netanyahu is not in new york in the days the president is in new york. the president's not in new york on the days whe prime minister netanyahu will be in new york. the president just recently had a conversation with prime minister netanyahu that lasted more than an hour, i believe, and that was just one in countless conversations that they've had. >> you say that he's got schedules, that foreign leaders have schedules, but the president has blocked out time to appear on "the view" on tuesday. so he has time for whoopi goldberg but he doesn't have time for world lead
of pressure when it comes to this. not only from the united states, but also from its own people. now, whether these people that are detained are really involved in the attack or have links to this extremist group is something that we'll have to see and see what kind of reaction we see from the extremists too. >> do we have any idea if they're related or affirmative actionated with al qaeda? there's a lot of talk about that yesterday, the possibility that that was the organization. >> not much has been revealed by the government by this group, but what we do know, suzanne, is this is not an isolated incident. over the past few months we have seen an uptick in similar attacks targeting western interests. the u.s. consulate itself was targeted in an attack back in june when a bomb detonated outside the embassy. those attacks taken place in benghazi was targeted by a extremist group, it was called the brigades. this is a true al qaeda group. we also do know that there are groups with links direct links to al qaeda that operate in the eastern part of the country. >> what is the security situation
. >>> a world on the brink. >> would you consider the current egyptian regime an ally to the united states? >> i don't know if we would consider them an ally, but we don't consider them an enemy. >> violence in response to a speech is not acceptable. >> we will bring their killers who justice. >> seen as a party on the brink. >> today romney is the only guy looking presidential. >> george bush's a rock, that's how you install a democracy in the middle east. >> the way you voiced it, it was pretty much what mitt romney said yesterday. >> i think this president is a winner. >> the first response to the united states must be outrage. >> we begin this afternoon with the president and secretary of state both working to address the ongoing crisis in libya, even as the nation continues to mourn the loss of ambassador stevens and three other senior members of the diplomatic staff. the has spoken to the leaders of both libya and egypt, inviting them to step up security while delivering marines and vessels to the region. these demonstrations are spreading to iran, bangladesh, so earlier today secretary of
has the judgment and character to be the president of the united states. this morning all of us were shocked to learn that chris stevens, our ambassador to libya, had been killed in an attack there, along with three other american diplomats, all murdered in what u.s. officials are now investigating as a possible terrorist attack on the anniversary of 9/11. while americans mourned, mr. romney saw a political opportunity. >> the administration was wrong to stand by a statement sympathizing with those who had breached our embassy in egypt instead of condemning their actions. in my view, a disgraceful statement on the part of our administration to apologize for american values. >> sympathizing with them all, apologizing for our values? this is rough talk and ugly stuff and president obama responded. >> there's a broader lesson to be learned here. governor romney has a tendency to shoot first and aim later and as president, one of the things i've learned is that you can't do that, that it's important for you to make sure that the statements that you make are backed up by the facts and tha
between the united states and israel. >> reporter: the white house would not say if the two leaders talked about the so-called red line, which of course is a key issue. and no specifics on how they will stop iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. but they did agree to "continue their regular consultations on this issue." wolf. >> dan lothian reporting from the white house. thank you. mitt romney also spoke by phone today with the prime minister. the call came while romney was at the philadelphia airport after making several campaign stops in pennsylvania. that's a state most political experts don't think he'll win. but as cnn's national political correspondent jim acosta's reporting, romney seems to have some other ideas. jim's joining us right now. what's he saying? what's going on in pennsylvania, jim? >> reporter: wolf, you're right. mitt romney did predict he's going to win the state of pennsylvania come november. but even though his campaign has mainly been a focus on fixing the nation's economy, mitt romney in recent days has been stepping up his attacks on the president on the issue
developments in the hunt for the suspects in the attack that killed the united states ambassador to libya and three other americans. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> with only 47 days to go until the election, the romney campaign's about to roll out another new strategy. voters will be seeing a lot more of mitt romney. in fact, we're only minutes away from his speech at a rally in florida. our national political correspondent jim acosta is joining us now live from sarasota to set the scene. jim, what's going on? >> reporter: wolf, we expect mitt romney to be out here in sarasota, florida, in just a few minutes from now. this is where his advisors say after a relatively light schedule over the last couple weeks, mitt romney and his campaign will be picking up the pace. and after seeming to defend those comments on that hidden camera video on government dependency, romney appears to be shifting again on that message as well looking for something that will stick. after being caught on tape writing off 47% of voters as obama supporters who are dependent on government, mit
parents. >> they came back to the united states and my dad had to get help, financial help, the government helped his family to be able to get on their feet again. by the way, that's the way america works. >> there's also video from back when george romney was running for office and facing charges that he was wealthy and simply out of touch. this is mitt romney's mother, lenore, back in 1962. >> you know we've only owned our home for the last four years. he was a refugee from mexico. he was on relief, welfare relief for the first years of his life, but this great country gave him opportunities. >> mitt romney's mom talking about how her husband's family was on government relief when he was a child. so will disclosures like that, governor romney's own father benefited from a program that the son has characterized as populated by quote, victims, help the romney campaign reboot, or will it further knock him off message? mark mckinnen is a conservative who has been sharply critical of mitt romney on this issue and also is a former top campaign advisor to george w. bush and john mccain, current
. it was a crude and disgusting video, sparking outrage throughout the muslim world. the united states government had nothing to do with this video. we understand why people take offense to this video because millions of our citizens are among them. i know there are some who ask why don't we ban such a video? there's no video that justifies an attack on an ambassador any more than the people that produced this video represent views of americans. >> bill: i'm confused. now we're back to blaming the video for the terrorist attack. weren't we told it was "self-evident" by jay carney this was all the work of al qaeda? then it was terrorism, then al-qaeda. my head is spinning trying to keep up with the changing versions and the finger-pointing going on. let's call this what it is. it's a cover-up by the administration. a pair of senators must be smelling the same stink, because they're demanding that the secretary of state, hillary clinton, release ambassador stevens' diplomatic cables. a few short blocks away from the u.n. where the president continued to condemn this youtube trailer, we're awaiting
american diplomats? >> reporter: no reaction yet regarding the reaction by the united states. but, anderson, earlier today, we heard from senior government officials, the former prime minister now of libya and the speaker of parliament holding a press conference, strong condemnation of the attack vowing to bring the speaker to justice, saying this attack coincided with september 11th, believing there was a link there, hence, it was carried out by islamic extremist groups that operate in eastern libya, and saying that libya will not allow the revenge attacks against the west, and at the same time, saying they will need the help of the international community in confronting these groups, people here, anderson, really shocked by what happened. many libyans i've spoken to today are really saddened by this attack and hope that the perpetrators are brought to justice. >> the state department, we saw a very grave secretary of state clinton condemning the attacks. cnn has confirmed it was a planned attack. the attack in benghazi, libya. what more are we learning about the attacks and the measures t
the killings and to show support for democracy and the united states. hundreds of people stormed the headquarters of the radical islamist group that has been linked to the attack and say that they and not extremists represent the real sentiments of libyan people. >> now to benghazi, libya, where our senior correspondent has more on those pro-democracy demonstrators. >> reporter: well, randi, this is probably one of the few countries where we are seeing mass demonstrations, not just in support of the united states but more condemning the attack that took place on the u.s. consulate in benghazi. people take together streets yesterday in the thousands, demanding democracy, but more importantly demanding an end to these extremist militias whom people and the government here say were in fact behind the attack that took ambassador stevens' life and the life of three other americans. what happened is that at night on friday hundreds of these pro-democracy demonstrators began taking the situation into their own hands and storming various headquarters of known extremist militias in the ci
. and rehabilitation programs the world over, including in the united states, often fail. the hope is that you the get one or two of these guys out of a whole host of them actually not to return to the battlefield. that's something of a win. but the united states has recognized this policy of repatriating them, that they may return to the battlefield. >> fran, you were just there. you were a close friend of ambassador stevens. did he ever say anything to you like we're hearing in these reports, that he believed he was on an al qaeda hit list. he was very concerned about the deteriorating security situation in benghazi? >> you know, it was august 29th, that morning ambassador stevens and i had breakfast together. we had a whole conversation because i expressed concern about the growing rise in michigans in tripoli. -- militias in tripoli. the growing number east of benghazi, growing in numbers and their arms capability there. he was clearly concerned about that. but he suggested to me at some point to go to benghazi, to see for myself. so i think he understood very well the increasing concern about ext
of the united states. >> now to christiane amanpour. i spoke to her earlier. >> he's been described in california real estate. he describes himself as an israeli. he's talked publicly since going into hiding. he says islam is a cancer. he said this was a deliberately provocative film to show that muhammad is a fraud. the film showed him as a pedophile, a womanizer, a thug. it basically denigrated him. you can't cry fire in a crowded theater. so now, one has to really try to figure out the extremists in this country and the extremists out there, who is using this and whipping up hatred. >> one of the things we're seeing now is the consequences of more freedom in the middle east. >> yes, more freedom. i have spoke on the the prime minister of egypt and the new leader of libya. they want good relations with the united states. while this film was kind of hidden in the internet until it got an arabic subtitle and sound track, then it back popular. local imams whipped up fervor. >> the current regimes don't have the control. >> they do and they don't. in egypt, there's a military, a polic
to be broadcast nationwide in the united states on the anniversary of 9/11, and that's why people came out yesterday to demonstrate to stop the airing of this movie which, of course, was never the case. it was just this online movie, offensive to islam. >> that's nbc's richard engel outside the u.s. embassy where you can see protests continue this morning in cairo, egypt. richard, thank you very much. >> we want to bring in andrea mitchell our chief foreign affairs correspondent. andrea, as we await any confirmation from the state department, what can you tell us about ambassador stevens, an experienced diplomat in the middle east. >> a career diplomat. this is a man who had gone to berkeley and had gotten a law degree and a degree from the national war college. he was fluent in french and arabic. he had been a peace corps volunteer in 1983 in morocco, teaching english before he joined the foreign service about nine years later. this is a man who has very adept at social media. he was active on facebook. he was very involved with the community. he had been in benghazi during the conflict,
to send the signal that the united states is your ally or your friend you need us, you want our financial assistance, we need your requirement here to come to our assistance and provide the kind of security we need. we need your cooperation and we need your help but we can't simply on the one hand take our resources and then sit back and allow the inflamed public to overrun our embassies or to put our people in jeopardy. i think it comes back, we have to take care of what we say in this country, putting our troops in greater jeopardy than they already are in the front lines. we treasure free speech but we have to take care also we don't do anything so provocative that's going to put the lives of our young men and women, our diplomats and our military in greater jeopardy than they are, being out on the front lines. >> do we need more marines in places like benghazi? we had none there. >> we may. this depends on the lib yn government. how many marines we send in, is this something that would then provoke another kind of reaction? we need the support of the libyan government, apparently they
of state tonight. addresses the united nations tomorrow. but he's also made some time in his very busy schedule to tape an appearance on "the view." not necessarily everyone is all that happy about that. let's bring in our chief white house correspondent, jessica yellin. give us a little background here. >> reporter: hi, wolf. not everyone is happy because he's not taking any sitdown meetin with other heads of state, including with israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu. the two leaders aren't even in new york city at the same time. the president is making this one a very quick trip before he hits the campaign trail again. heading into a big week, president obama was asked if he's under pressure from israel's prime minister to step up his efforts against iran. he told cbs -- >> i am going to block out any noise that's out there. >> reporter: the romney campaign bounced, accusing the president of a chronic disregard for the security of israel. and he's taking heat for this, too. the president arrived in new york a day ahead of his big speech to the united nations. and he sat down for
, and may god continue to bless the united states of america. thank you. >> secretary of state hillary clinton speaking in the treaty room at the state department using very direct and solemn words to talk about the loss of four americans in these attacks at the consulate in benghazi, libya, saying that it's an attack that should shock the conscience of people of all faiths around the world, and as we wring back bring back in andl she asked the question that she said others would be asking, how could this help in a country we helped to liberate and a city we helped to save, andrea? >> reporter: that's the profound question, and she said she asked that question of herself, the question that others are asking. that's the question americans will be asking, the question that members of congress are going to be asking when we talk about all of the billions of dollars that we have spent. the american lives, not in rescuing libya but now four american lives lost after libya was supposedly on its way back. her other point, a very important point, was to say that this violates the conscience of
's why i'm running for a second term as president of the united states. now, hold on a second. i want you to know, though, because some of you may not have been paying attention at the convention because you were still thinking about michelle and how good she was. [ cheers ] or maybe you're still talking about president clinton and how he broke it down. well, i want everybody to be clear. the path i'm offering isn't quick or easy. it's going to take more than a few years. to deal with all the challenges that we face. but let me tell you something, when i hear the other se talking about how the nation's in decline, i tell them, you must not be getting out much because this is america. and we've still got the best workers in the world and the best entrepreneurs in the world and the best scientists and researchers in the world, and the best colleges and universities in the world. and there's not a country on earth that wouldn't trade places with us right now. so i'm confident our problems can be solved. our challenges will be met. the path i offer is harder, but it leads to a better place. b
. in the corner there, that is the street that leads to the united states embassy. and for the last hour or so, we've been seeing egyptian security guards firing tear gas at protesters trying to keep them away from the embassy walls. a very similar scene going -- taking place right now in the city of yemen in the capital of yemen, where protesters even managed to breach the compound walls. >> reporter: another assault on a u.s. embassy, this time in yemen. protesters threw stones at the embassy walls in the capital. they climbed the gate, set fire, and raised posters denouncing a once obscure u.s.-based internet movie that portrays the prophet mohammed. personnel in yemen were reportedly moved to a secure location. in cairo, more clashes, but this time, it's egyptian security pushing back. they fired tear gas to drive protesters away from the u.s. embassy in cairo. and the new egyptian president rejected violence against u.s. diplomats in a televised statement and said he told that to president obama in a phone call this morning. wednesday night in an interview with telemundo, the president was as
. >> reporter: there are important divisions between the united states and libya on the investigation of what exactly happened at the consulate and the safe house that night. the u.n. ambassador susan rice said it appears that the attacks were not premeditated. but that's not what we're hearing here. the president of the libyan national council said not only does it look like they were premeditated, but it may have taken months in the planning. what i can tell you is we saw plenty of evidence of heavy weapons at this safe house. mortars and other kinds of weapons that take a level of expertise to deploy that accurately. we've also seen new cell phone footage of what appears to be libyans removing the body of ambassador christopher stevens from the consulate that night. they don't seem to know who he is. they identify him as a foreigner. they believe that he is alive at the time. they're shouting out whether anybody knows first aid. and the young man who showed us that video says that ambassador stevens was then rushed to the hospital where he was later pronounced dead. >>> in the race for the
is not a challenge that can be contained. it will threaten the elimination of israel. the united states will do what we must to prevent iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. >> reporter: after his remarks, he crossed town to the clinton global initiative where he addressed an issue with potential appeal to evangelical and women voters, human sex trafficking. >> that's slavery. it is barbaric and it is evil and it has no place in a civilized world. >> reporter: wolf, on other top foreign policy concerns, he addressed the crisis in syria, he mentioned the withdrawal of troops from iraq and the draw down from afghanistan and the trouble between israel and the palestinians. but that was all. he essentially was checking the box on all those fronts. and no mention at all of china. in essence, wolf, this was a speech about the two crises that have consumed foreign policy discussion during the u.s. campaign. the tension between israel and iran and now this most recent crisis in libya, wolf. >> with six weeks to go until the election, jessica, tomorrow i take it he's right back out there in the swing states
as though the united states is under attack, under siege. there's a feeling that something is spinning out of control in the middle east and we need to understand it. >> fareed, thank you. jim, jessica. be sure to tune in sunday night, 8:00 and 11:00. fareed has a fascinating special. global lessons, putting america to work. thanks, everyone. >>> we polled registered voters to identify their top foreign policy concerns what keeps you up at night? syria number five concern, afghanistan four, china, three, number two is immigration and the number one concern was terrorism. tonight, the man whose long service as mayor of new york and public persona ever since has been defined by a single horrific act of terror, rudy giuliani. >> the thing that keeps me up at night, probably more than most, is the fear of an attack, probably because i lived through one and had to be responsible for a city during the worst attack in the history. >> put your mask on. >> very hard to tell people in america not to be worried about terrorism, i wish i could say that to him, you shouldn't worry about it. because the
. they say they want good relations with the united states. but what's happening here is deliberate provocation, at a transitional time. so, while this film came out, and was kind of hidden in the internet, blogosphere for a while, until it got an arabic subtitle, an arabic soundtrack. then it became prominent. and local imams started to whip up the fervor again. >> and they don't have the same kind of control. >> they do and they don't. there's police out there and still standing. in libya, it's slightly more chaotic, still, in terms of bringing militants in and arrange the full security process there. but this is something that really has to be watched as we go forward because there is a transition. and by and large, it's pro-american in that region. >> christiane amanpour, thank you very much. >>> george, let's get to the other story breaking overnight. record rains and flash flooding in the southwest. homes have been evacuated. dozens of people have been had to be rescued from the roofs of their cars. ginger zee is watching it all. >> the one behind me from las vegas. that's veg
the united states, calling for more democracy. now, there is an ongoing clash here as some demonstrators are trying to attract u.s. embassy, which is right on the edge of this square and you can see fear gas being fired from egyptian security forces trying to keep the demonstrators away from the u.s. embassy wall. a similar scene today in yemen, as an angry mob attacked the u.s. embassy compound in the city of sanaa a state department official says that all u.s. personnel that the embassy in sanaa have been accounted for and appear to be safe. another assault on a u.s. embassy, this time in yemen. protesters threw stones at the embassy walls in the capital, sanaa. they climbed the gate, set fires, and raised posters denouncing a once-obscure u.s.-based internet movie that portrays the prophet mohammed. personnel in yemen were reportedly moved to a secure location. in cairo, more clashes, but this time, it's egyptian security pushing back. they fired tear gas to drive protesters away from the u.s. embassy in cairo. and the new egyptian president rejected violence against u.s. diplomats in
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